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  • Poinsettias are native to southern Mexico and Guatemala, where they are a perennial shrub that can grow as large as 10 feet tall.
  • Poinsettias were first brought to the United States in 1825 by Joel Poinsett, who was the United States’ first ambassador to Mexico.
  • The Aztecs called the poinsettia Cuetlayochitl.
  • Poinsettias are part of the Euphorbiaceae family. Many plants in this family ooze a milky sap.
  • Most people think the showy colored leaves of the poinsettia are the flowers, but are actually colored bracts. The flowers or cyathia of the poinsettia are in the center of the colorful bracts.
  • Poinsettias are not poisonous. However, it is not intended for human and animal consumption.
  • By an Act of Congress, December 12th was set aside as National Poinsettia Day. The date marks the death in 1851 of Joel Roberts Poinsett, who is credited with introducing the native Mexican plant to the United States.
  • There are over 100 varieties of poinsettias available.
  • Seventy-four percent of Americans still prefer red poinsettias
  • Poinsettias are the best selling potted plant in the United States.
  • The cost of a poinsettia is determined by the number of flowers.
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